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From the Board
 
Chris Coffman - Board President

On behalf of the Conway Symphony Orchestra musicians, management, and Board of Directors, welcome to our 35th season!  

At the start of my fifth year serving on the Board, I’m honored to serve as President. Music has always played an influential role in my life, so I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with the instrumental arts, talented musicians, and our devoted supporters. Together, we aim to fulfill our mission of providing inspired classical music experiences for the people of Central Arkansas through performances and education.

Through the partnerships we have in place with different organizations, the symphony’s reach extends through the business community as well as area schools, helping fans of all ages experience classical music. I am proud to be a part of an organization like the CSO that enriches the quality of place of our city through a vibrant arts and culture scene.

I invite you to review our website and learn about the many facets of the Conway Symphony Orchestra. Whether your interest is to be a season ticket holder, working with one of our committees or the Guild, or to support programming on the stage or in the classroom, there are opportunities for you to get involved and shape the legacy of the CSO.

If you have enjoyed your experience with us or would like additional information on how you can be a part of the CSO family, I would love the chance to talk with you. Feel free to visit with me at one of our upcoming performances, or contact me at symphony@conwaycorp.net. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the music or future collaborations.

To our sponsors, thank you for your support of our organization and for investing in the richness of our community through the arts. To our audience, thank you for joining us and sharing our love for the music. We have a great season for you this year; I know you’ll enjoy it, and I hope to see you there!

 

Sincerely,

Therese Williams, President
Conway Symphony Orchestra
Board of Directors


Our Board

 

Executive Committee

Therese Williams
President
Director of Events
Conway Area Chamber
of Commerce

Lyle Rupert, Ph.D.
Vice President
Professor of Economics
Hendrix College

Judy Harkrider
Treasurer
Music Educator, Retired
Greenbrier Public Schools

Chris Coffman
Past President
VP of Sales and Account Management
Edafio Technology Partners


Board of Directors

George Baker
Senior Vice President Lending
First Security Bank

Gunnar A. Bartlett *
Director of Development, CFAC
University of Central Arkansas

Mike Binko
Direct Marketing, Retired
LSC Mail Marketing

Carolyn Brown, D.M.A.
Professor of Flute
University of Central Arkansas

Jenny Davis
English Lecturer
University of Central Arkansas

Sandra DeVore
Physical Therapist, Retired
Arkansas Pediatric Facility

Kelton Harrison
Trust Officer
Simmons Bank

Melissa Jenkins
Director of Development
Presbyterian Village

Taylor Johns *
Musician Representative
Conway Symphony Orchestra

Mariana Linck, Ph.D.
Engineer
BSI Group

Preston Palmer
Owner
Palmer Music Company

Patty Phelps, Ed.D.
Professor of Education, Retired
University of Central Arkansas

Patricia P. Poulter, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & Provost
University of Central Arkansas

Sharon Stone, D.V.M.
Veterinarian
St. Francis Veterinary Clinic

Simon Stone
Marketing Manager
Tacos-4-Life

Emily Walter
Executive Broker and Realtor
Coldwell Banker RPM Group

Vicki Crockett, ex officio
General Manager
Conway Symphony Orchestra

Israel Getzov, ex officio
Music Director / Conductor
Conway Symphony Orchestra

Paige Rose, Ph.D., ex officio
Chair, Department of Music
University of Central Arkansas

Beverley Freiley, ex officio
President
Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild

Arlene Biebesheimer, ex officio
Vice President
Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild


* Denotes CSO Musician


COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

Therese Williams, Executive
Lyle Rupert, Nominations and Board Development
Judy Harkrider, Finance
Jenny Davis, Fundraising
Gunnar A. Bartlett, Marketing and Audience Development
Carolyn Brown, Outreach and Education
Sharon Stone, Reception and Hospitality

If you wish to reach out to any of our committee chairpersons, please do so by emailing us at symphony@conwaycorp.net with the committee you wish to correspond with in the subject line.


BOARD EMERITI

Jerry Adams

Bill Adkisson, J.D.

Ralph Behrens*

O. Sam Driggers, D.M.A.*

Carl Forsberg, D.M.A.*

Bill Hegeman

Nancy Jackson

Armilda McCormack

Joyce Miller

Scott Moore*

Carrick Patterson

Louis Stell

Phil Stone, M.D.

Allison Vetter, Ph.D.


*Denotes Deceased


 

Our Staff

 
 
Vicki Bryan Crockett - Our Staff

Vicki Crockett

General Manager

Vicki Crockett has been working in the nonprofit field for 22 years, including positions in higher education, K-12 private schools, healthcare and the performing arts. Her work has included Annual Fund campaigns, alumni relations, communications, special events, marketing and audience development, capital campaigns, donor management and grant-writing. Now in her 13th year as the General Manager of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, Vicki explains that while the conductor handles everything on the stage, she takes care of everything off of it!

Originally from Pennsylvania, Vicki received her degree in linguistics at The College of William and Mary, with additional professional development through the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Arts Council, and a multitude of nonprofit workshops.

 
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Isaac terceros

Assistant Conductor

Mr. Terceros has enriched his career by performing as a guest conductor in Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, France, Hungary, Romania, and the United States. In Bolivia, he is founder and music director of many ensembles, including the Santa Cruz Symphonic Band and the vocal ensemble Entrecantos. He also served as a faculty member and choir conductor for the Music Department of Universidad Evangélica Boliviana. Since its establishment in 2016, the Santa Cruz Philharmonic has become an artistic pillar of the city and country, building strong relationships with civic institutions, businesses, and the public.

Terceros received his Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestral and Choral Conducting at the University of Sao Paulo through the Exchange Program for Undergraduate Students (PEC-G) under the instruction of Maestro Aylton Escobar and other prestigious professors.

 
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THOMAS NGUYEN

Marketing and Audience Development Coordinator

As a passionate musician and educator, Thomas has performed with both the Conway and Delta Symphony Orchestras and currently teaches a studio of private saxophone students. In 2018, he was named the Grand Prize Winner of the Delta Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition and performed as a featured soloist with the orchestra.

Currently a student at the University of Central Arkansas, Nguyen performs in multiple ensembles such as jazz band, wind ensemble, and various chamber groups. He is currently finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance with a Minor in Marketing.

 
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Vidal Verástegui Ruiz

Librarian and Orchestra Coordinator

Vidal is the Associate Principal of the Viola section in the Conway Symphony Orchestra. He is currently enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas where he is pursuing a Masters of Music Performance in Viola. Before joining the Conway Symphony he earned a Bachelor’s of Music Performance at the Unidad Académica de Musica (Conservatory) in Zacatecas, Mexico.

During his time as a professional musician, Vidal has been a member of various orchestras throughout México which has enabled him to perform all over México and Cuba with musicians from across the world as a soloist and chamber player.